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January construction for new Jeddah container terminal

January construction for new Jeddah container terminal

Riyadh: The Saudi Trade & Export Development Company (Tusdeer) has announced that it is to begin construction of its $443m Red Sea Gateway Terminal at Jeddah Islamic Port (JIP) in January 2008. The 1.5m teu terminal, which will boast a 735mtr main berth, a 310mtr feeder berth with a draft of 18mtr and a 16.5mtr approach channel, is currently scheduled to be operational in 22 months (late 2009).

"The berths will have their own dedicated channel to the main JIP approach channel," says Aamer Alireza (pictured), ceo of the Red Sea Gateway Terminal. "We have designed and equipped this state-of the-art container terminal accommodating our future customers' requirements as well as the growing container demand at JIP."

The Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery Limited (ZPMC) is to provide the handling equipment for the terminal, which will include eight twin-lift 40 ship-to-shore cranes and 26 rubber-tyred gantries with double lift capability. The equipment will be delivered in three phases - the first due to arrive in May 2009.

The new container facility is expected to increase the port's container handling capacity by more than 45% and will be integrated with the Tusdeer Bonded Re-export Zone.  [30/11/07]